TPD arrests man suspected of abducting 2-year-old boy at center of Amber Alert, leading officers on high-speed chase, standoff

Posted at 8:45 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 21:02:42-04

TAMPA, Fla. (WTXL) — The man suspected of killing three people in Georgia and then taking his 2-year-old son before leading officers on a high-speed chase in Tampa has been taken into custody Wednesday night.

The arrest happened after the suspect and officers negotiated for nearly six hours.

Earlier in the day, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an Amber Alert for the suspect's son King Crockett, who was last seen in Gainesville.

The suspect, Caesar Crockett, was wanted by authorities in Georgia after he was accused of killing the boy's mother, stepfather and sister.

A little before 1:30 p.m., the Tampa Police Department spotted a vehicle driven by Crockett as it traveled south on I-75 near Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Tampa. TPD tried to get the suspect vehicle to pull over but Crockett refused to stop.

FHP was also in the area and helped TPD with trying to locate and stop Crockett.

A little before 2 p.m., Crockett let go of his son and law enforcement officers on scene safely took the little boy into custody.

After the boy was released, a standoff then ensued. Crockett eventually surrendered to Tampa police at 7:40 p.m.

Authorities say Florida state troopers have arrested a Georgia man accused of fatally shooting three people in his child's mother's family, and kidnapping his 2-year-old son.

Caesar Crockett Jr. safely handed his child over to authorities after a crash near Tampa. Authorities say Crockett then stayed in his vehicle for several hours in a standoff with law enforcement before he eventually surrendered.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office says the 29-year-old suspect is wanted on three counts of murder and one count of kidnapping.

Police say Crockett got into a fight with his child's mother Tuesday night in Macon, Georgia, and then fatally shot the woman's mother, stepfather and sister.